This is how our Reading Plumber removes a radiator.
You can remove an individual radiator while the wall behind it is decorated without having to drain the whole system. You simply close the valves at the ends of the radiator drain it and then remove Shut off both valves turning the shank of the lock shield valve clockwise with a t key or an adjustable spanner.
Note the number of turns needed to close it so that later you can reopen it by the same amount Make sure that you have plenty of rag for mopping up spillage also a jug and a I large bowl- As the water in the radiator be very dirty you should also roll back the floor covering before you start if possible.
Unscrew the cap-nut that holds one of the valves to the adaptor in the end. To replace the radiator after decorating screw the brackets back in ( place hang the radiator on them and tighten the cap-nuts on both valves. Close the bleed valve and open both radiator valves the lock shield valve by the same number of turns as you used to release any trapped air. Problems With Taps Taps and valves are essential parts of the plumbing system. It is important chat they are kept in good working order so that water does not leak from the system and so that you can turn the water off when you want to.
The most common thing that can go wrong with taps is that they leak, either because the gland or packing has failed (a leak from the top when the tap is open) or because the washer has worn (a leak from the spout when the tap is closed). Packing can usually be replaced without the need to turn the water off, but this will require the removal of the tap head and the ‘easy-care cover. Old-type cross heads can difficult to get off even after the grub screw has been removed. If a gentle tap with a hammer doesn’t work, open the tap fully* unscrew the easy clean cover, pack two pieces of wood underneath it and tighten the tap head down.
Removing the easy clean cover can be very easy or very difficult. Always protect it with cloth if it needs a spanner or wrench to shift it. Boiling water or heat can help to shift a stubborn cover. Traditional packing can be replaced with wool smeared with petroleum jelly; some modern rising spindle taps have rubber (or neoprene) ‘O’-ring seals which are easily replaced.